Oct 6, 2012 3:00am PDT
before the debate romney was on tape writing off half of americans as obama supporters say they rely on the government for the handouts. after the debate, he made this about face. listen to what he told sean hannity on fox. >> clearly in a campaign with not hundreds of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you say something that doesn't come out right. in this case, i said something that is just completely wrong. >> completely wrong. now, why wait 17 days? is this an attempt to reconnect with voters maybe after that damage had been done? >> i hope it is. and i also think it means that he's feeling very comfortable about the republican base. you know, we saw him do things in the debate, randi, like, for example, talk about his health care plan in massachusetts, own it. one of the first times we have seen him do it and i can't tell you how happy i am to see him say that he misspoke. that it was completely wrong that statement about the 47% because i know there are republicans like me who do feel it was wrong and also a lot of romney voting republicans within that 47%.
Sep 30, 2012 3:00am PDT
portman. you know, he debates me now from time to time. he's playing barack obama in these mock debates we have. i don't like him very much anymore, all right? he keeps on beating me up and i keep going away shaking my head. >> reporter: he flies to colorado on monday night, hun r hunkering down while making final preparations. then he goes to nevada and then goes behind closed doors before debate day. meanwhile both presidential campaigns play the expectations games, trying to lower the bar for their candidates. gary? >> paul, thank you very much. next hour we'll take a closer look at the art of the debate and the strategy of the dodge. we'll show you how dodging important questions can actually earn candidates points with voters. >>> and a programming note, the first presidential debate of 2012 is this wednesday night. watch it live, 7:00 p.m. eastern on cnn and cnn.com. >>> tomorrow morning the u.s. supreme court justices will formally kick off a new term. on the agenda, some of the toughest and most controversial issues of our day. here's joe johns with more. >> reporter: right after
Sep 30, 2012 4:00am PDT
] get more access with the citi card. [ crowd cheering, mouse clicks ] >>> the first presidential debate is just three days away. not the first debate ever. the first was 1960 with kennedy/nixon. mitt romney and barack obama will be live from denver. it is serious business, but there are also two games being played here. there's the expectations game the two campaigns have been playing. then there's the game of dodge ball. that's what we're talking about this morning. joining me now live is todd rogers. he's an assistant professor at harvard's kennedy school. thank you very much for joining us. >> hi, gary. thanks for having me. >> the artful dodge. what is that all about? >> so with a collaborator here at harvard, we've been doing psychological experiments to understand how its they politicians manage to evade questions without being detected so we've run a series of these experiments where viewers are randomly assigned to one of three conditions. in one condition they watch a video where a moderator asks a question that say as what will you do about the universal health care problem in